Saturday, May 19, 2012

new friends who look just like me.

Seeing a black person in Japan is rare; seeing a black female is even rarer. For the two plus years that I have been living in Japan, I haven't made a single friend with skin my shade or darker. I've made quite a few Caucasian and Japanese friends; more Japanese than the former.

Luckily, when I moved up to my new location last month, I was told by one of my superiors that a female Jamaican was living in the same city. I quickly asked her to give that person my contact and here we are now.

Taken earlier this month at a friend's of a friend's friend BBQ. 

My new buddy introduced me to two other female Jamaican friends of hers that live in neighboring cities. Wow, my friendship circle is growing!

(Ok, so I've been absent for a bit on here. Like I've mentioned before, work has been really draining!! I'll try my best to post more often though.)

Thursday, May 3, 2012

you say what?

Never in my life have I ever had to pay to use a public bathroom... that is, until my trip to the Netherlands and Belgium last winter. "What the heck is this?" -  Is what I told myself when I saw the sign below. I shouldn't have to pay to use a public restroom. In Japan, it's free to use the public restrooms, but they are also spotless! Some restrooms in Japan don't even supply toilet paper!! (Bring your own.) It's been awhile since I've been in an American public restroom, but I don't ever remember entering one that was just too filthy for me to use.

They got about 1.50 euros out of me during my 12-day stay. I really tried to avoid using the restrooms in public areas.